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Houston Lester, Ph.D.

Houston Floyd Lester, Ph.D.

Investigator, Health Policy, Quality & Informatics Program, Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Instructor, Department of Medicine, Section of Health Services Research, Baylor College of Medicine

Quantitative Psychologist


Phone: 713-794-1414 ext. 10284

Research Interests

  • Care coordination in primary care settings
  • Quantitative Methods - both application and methodologicl research
  • Multilevel models - mixed-effects location scale models
  • Network Psychometrics
  • Applied Bayesian Statistics


  • Ph.D. Psychological Studies in Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Specialization: Quantitive, Qualitative, & Psychometric Methods. Minor: Statistics
  • M.S. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Auburn University
  • B.A. Psychology, Huntingdon College

Awards and Activities

  • Departmental Nominee for the Folson Dissertation Award

Dr. Lester's PubMed Link*

Dr. Lester's Google Scholar Link*

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